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Scared Straight! Academy Award Winner! 

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Their crimes included assault and battery, arson, auto theft, breaking and entering, and possession and distribution of narcotics. Although they were still minors, these juvenile delinquents were already on a one-way path to doing hard time. Hosted by Peter Falk (Columbo), the Oscar and Emmy award-winning SCARED STRAIGHT! recounts the day seventeen teenage lawbreakers spent inside the Rahway maximum security prison with the most dangerous criminals New Jersey had to offer. Calling themselves "the Lifers," these convicts gave the youths an in-your-face, no-holds-barred account about life in prison, sharing every ugly detail. Without a doubt, the teenagers’ experience that day changed the course of their lives forever. Now, for the first time on DVD, audiences can revisit SCARED STRAIGHT!, and see the lasting effects of the teenagers and convicts’ encounter in Scared Straight! 20 Years Later, hosted by Danny Glover. The day documented in SCARED STRAIGHT! was unforgettable--the question is, did it work?

Academy Awards

Scared Straight! received an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Features).

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"Wow, I was at home watching on tv, and even though I was nowhere near Rahway, the image of the guy in the knit cap who was missing an eye has stuck in my mind whenever I think of Scared Straight! I guess you really can't consider it an actual motion picture, it is my favorite "movie" as watching the DVD brings back memories of my favorite year of listening to the Bee Gee's "Night Fever" on record and even though the Dodgers lost to the Yankees in the world series that year, what a season it was. Scared Straight was the first time I had heard vulgar language on TV, and as hardcore as it was at the time, it would be a laugher to this generation as I watch it now mainly for the memories and yes to even check out the clothing styles and get a few laughs at the way the convicts talk to these kids. It seems like it was centuries ago when this first aired and just think of how much the world has changed and what's come and gone since 1978, but crime was and always will be here to stay."




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Director: Arnold Shapiro

Stars: Peter Falk, (narrator)

Released: October 17, 1978

Availability: DVD VHS

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